As a mother of five, I am very thankful to Fair Trade and our company for helping me obtain a home where my family and I can rest together after a day of hard work. ”
Diocelina Idarriaga, Ucrania worker
I am very thankful for the small business credit program. I started my own convenience store that has helped my family's economic outlook improve, as well as generate new jobs in the community. ”
José Gabriel Torres, Ucrania worker
I am thankful for the support in pursuing higher education. There are many young people like me who wish to study and have a better future. I am glad we are encouraged to aim for higher levels of education. ”
Diana Carolina Bonilla, daughter of Ucrania worker
Microcredit Program for Small Businesses
Fair Trade premiums have funded at least 22 small businesses through the farm’s home-business microcredit program. The program guidelines require the applicant to present a business plan and establish the most suitable repayment options.
Finca Ucrania has established several community development initiatives through Fair Trade premiums. These include donations to local orphanages, recreational programming, environmental education campaigns and garbage separation facilities.